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St. Paul police crack down on drivers who don't stop for pedestrians


On Wednesday, a day after a St. Paul pedestrian was killed by a minivan as she crossed the street, St. Paul police were out in force again trying to get motorists to slow down, pay attention and yield to people in crosswalks. That same afternoon, a different woman was struck by a car and injured crossing a different St. Paul street.

So far, motorists don’t seem to be getting the message.

Tuesday, during the city’s 23rd “Stop For Me” event this year — during which neighborhood volunteers cross a busy street while nearby police pull over and ticket drivers who do not stop for them — police issued dozens of tickets to drivers who ignored or didn’t see people crossing Johnson Parkway on the city’s East Side. In 22 events earlier this year, police made 764 stops, issued 341 citations for failure to yield to pedestrians, wrote 257 tickets for other offenses and issued 12 warnings. At some point, officer Santiago Rodriguez said, the lesson has to sink in.


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